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General Questions

Q. Is Cabinet Transformations® Safe to Use?

A. Cabinet Transformations® is safe to use and is low odor. All products in the system are water based and can be cleaned up with soap and water. Use care and follow supplied instructions for wearing gloves and safety glasses as indicated.


Q. Does Cabinet Transformations® Work on Laminate or Melamine Cabinetry?

A. Yes, Cabinet Transformations® works on all wood, laminate, and melamine surfacesproviding the same beautiful look.


Q. Can I Use Cabinet Transformations™ on Surfaces Other Than Kitchen Cabinetry?

A. Yes, Cabinet Transformations® is also great for end tables, dressers, chairs, armoires, and more.

Preparation and Repair

Q. Do I Have to Strip, Sand, or Prime My Cabinets as Part of the Preparation?

A. Stripping, sanding, or priming are not necessary with Cabinet Transformations®. Simply use the Deglosser and scrub pads provided to prepare your cabinets prior to applying the Bond Coat.


Q. Prior to Using Cabinet Transformations®, How Do I Repair Cracks or Holes In My Original Cabinetry?

A. Cracks, holes, nicks, and gouges can be filled with plastic wood filler. When the filler dries, sand the area until it is even with the surrounding surface. Once repairs have been made, follow the normal Cabinet Transformations® application process.


Q. Can I Change Out My Cabinet Hardware?

A. Yes, changing out cabinet knobs, pulls and handles is a great way to update and continue your transformation. Be sure to purchase new hardware prior to starting the Cabinet Transformations® application process. Check to see if new or different holes are needed. Fill all holes not needed with plastic wood filler. Allow to dry and sand smooth to the surrounding areas. Once holes are filled, follow the normal Cabinet Transformations™ application process.


Q. Do I Need to Remove Cabinet Doors and Hardware?

A. For the best results, removing cabinet doors and all cabinet hardware is recommended. It will be easier to get a smooth finish when coating the doors while they are lying flat.


Q. What Can I Use to Prop Up My Cabinet Doors During the Application Process?

A. To make the process easier, drive two drywall screws into a 2x4. Set two of these on your worktable to support each door and make the sides of your doors easier to coat. See the Instructional DVD included in the kit for further details.


Q. I Have Oak Cabinets; Will the Wood Grain Show Through?

A. The solid color Bond Coat will allow some of the natural beauty of the wood grain to come through especially on open grain species like oak. If you do not desire the wood grain appearance, use a wood grain filler prior to coating. Follow the wood grain filler manufacturer's instructions for application.


Q. I Have Knotty Pine Cabinets; Will These Require Aany Special Preparation?

A. The knots, like those in knotty pine, can be an issue when coating. The resin in the knots can bleed through and ruin a finished surface. Simply prime the entire surface with a pigmented shellac base primer such as Zinsser® B-I-N® Primer and proceed with your project.


Q. If I am Painting Over Raw Wood, What Additional Steps Must I Take to Ensure Proper Absorption of the Bond Coat?

A. If painting over raw wood, it is recommended to use a primer such as Zinsser® Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Primer to properly seal the surface. You may need to lightly sand away any raised wood grain.

Application Tips

Q. Should I Paint the Inside of My Cabinet Frames or Drawers?

A. It's up to you. Each kit contains enough Bond Coat to effectively cover the front and back of each door and the frame of the cabinet. If you would like to paint the inside of your cabinets or drawers, you will need to purchase an additional Cabinet Transformations kit. It is recommended that all cabinet frames, doors and drawers be coated with two even coats. To ensure a clean, even look, tape the insides edges of each cabinet frame with smooth painter's tape. Be sure all edges are pressed down to ensure that none of the coating will be able to bleed through.


Q. How Do I Refinish Around Stoves, Dishwashers, and Other Appliances?

A. Mask stoves, dishwashers, and other appliances with smooth painter's tape. Be diligent about pressing in the edge to ensure none of the coating will bleed through. Place drop cloths over countertop surfaces and floors.


Q. How Can I Avoid Potential Appearance Problems?

A. Apply the Bond Coat and Protective Top Coat in even coats brushing with the grain of the wood. Be sure to avoid drips. If drips occur, brush over while wet or clean up with water when dry. Use a premium-quality paint brush throughout the application process for a smooth finish.


Q. Where Can I Learn More About Additional Glazing Techniques?

A. The traditional glazing technique is used in the Instructional Pamphlet directions.


Q. I've Applied the Decorative Glaze, But Do Not Like the Way It Looks - What Can I Do?

A. The Decorative Glaze stays wet 3-5 minutes. While wet, simply use Decorative Glazing Cloth to remove glaze from surface. If the Decorative Glaze has dried, use a clean, damp cloth to remove glaze from surface. Note: If applying over open grain cabinetry, such as Oak, you may not be able to remove all Decorative Glaze from the surface. If this is the case, you will need to apply another coat of Bond Coat followed by the Protective Top Coat.


Q. Do I Have to Use the Decorative Glaze?

A. Using the Decorative Glaze is optional and does not add additional performance benefits to the system. If you do not wish to use the Decorative Glaze, simply skip "STEP #3" in the application process.


Q. Can I Spray or Roll on Cabinet Transformations®?

A. It is not recommended to spray or roll on the Bond Coat of the Cabinet Transformations® if you plan on applying the Decorative Glaze. As the glaze is wiped off with the Decorative Glazing Cloth, some glaze naturally remains in the vertical grooves made by the brush marks from the Bond Coat. Spraying or rolling on the Bond Coat eliminates the possibility of achieving this effect.


Q. Can I Spray Cabinet Transformations If I Do Not Intend to Use the Decorative Glaze?

A. You may spray Cabinet Transformations® only when you do not intend to use Decorative Glaze in the system. To spray the Bond Coat, reduce with up to 30% water and use a HVLP sprayer at 35psi. To spray the Protective Top Coat, reduce with up to 10% water and use a HVLP sprayer at 35psi. Ideal spray temperature and humidity conditions are 78ºF with 35% humidity.


Q. How Do Humidity and Temperature Affect the Coating Application Process?

A. Higher humidity will cause the coating to dry more slowly while lower humidity will cause the coating to dry more quickly. Apply when air (ambient) temperature is 50-90ºF (10-32ºC) and relative humidity is below 60%.


Q. How Do I Dispose of Unused Product and Soiled Rags or Brushes?

A. Cover any unused products tightly for storage. All tools can be cleaned with water. Discard unwanted product according to local regulations.


Q. How Long Should I Wait Before Installing My Cabinet Doors, Drawers, and Hardware After Using Cabinet Transformations®?

A. Cabinet doors, drawers, and hardware can be installed as early as 12 hours after the final coat of Protective Top Coat has been applied. Keep drawers and doors ajar until the Protective Top Coat is completely dry. Install plastic or cork bumpers. The Protective Top Coat will cure completely after 7-10 days. Dry times will vary depending on your weather conditions. Avoid using cleaners on new cabinetry for 7 days.

Maintenance and Care

Q. How Do I Safely Maintain My New Cabinet Transformations® Surface?

A. Caring for your resurfaced cabinets is easy. To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent.


Q. How Long Will Cabinet Transformations® Last?

A. With normal use and proper care, your refinished surface will last for years.

 

 

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